Tippy Martinez was a rock solid reliever for the Baltimore Orioles

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Wednesday 25 May 2016 at 9:57 am

Lefty reliever Tippy Martinez was a rock solid pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles.  He pitched in 499 games (0 starts) in his 11 years with the Orioles and he was 52-40 with 105 saves, a 3.46 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP.  He also pitched in 8 games (0 starts) in the post-season for the Orioles and he was 1-0 with 2 saves, a 1.74 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP as he helped them win the World Series in 1983!  His best season came in 1983 for the Orioles, when he worked in 65 games (0 starts) in which he was 9-3 with 21 saves, a 2.35 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP.  He only gave up 76 hits and 37 walks while whiffing 81 batters in 103 1/3 innings for the Orioles in 1983.  1983 was the only time in Martinez’ Major League career that he made an All-Star team.  Martinez is still #3 in Baltimore Orioles’ history with his 105 saves.  He is also #2 in games pitched (499), tied for #35 in wins (52), tied for #35 in ERA (3.46), #49 in innings pitched (752 1/3) and #23 in strikeouts (585) in Baltimore Orioles’ history!

Brad Brach has pitched well since coming to the Baltimore Orioles

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Wednesday 25 May 2016 at 9:49 am

30-year old righty reliever Brad Brach has pitched great since arriving with the Baltimore Orioles.  He has pitched in 20 games (0 starts) for the Orioles so far this year and he is 4-0 with 1 save, a 1.08 ERA and a 0.88 WHIP.  He has given up 15 hits and 7 walks while whiffing 26 batters in his first 25 innings for the Orioles so far this year.  Brach has now pitched in 128 games (0 starts) in his first three years with the Orioles and he is 16-4 with 2 saves, a 2.65 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP.  Brach has been quite a find for the Orioles and I see no reason to think he can’t keep up the good work moving forward.

The Baltimore Orioles call up Ashur Tolliver

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Tuesday 24 May 2016 at 3:59 pm

The Baltimore Orioles call up 28-year old lefty reliever Ashur Tolliver for his first shot at the show.  Tolliver pitched in 18 games (0 starts) in AA-ball for the Orioles this year and he was 1-1 with 2 saves, a 2.42 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP.  He has given up 22 hits and 8 walks while whiffing 25 batters in his first 26 innings in AAA-ball this year.  Tolliver has now pitched in 155 games (4 starts) in his first seven years in the minors and he is 9-9 with 7 saves, a 3.12 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP.

The Baltimore Orioles acquire Franderlyn Romero from the Cincinnati Reds

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Trades by joelapinski on Monday 23 May 2016 at 10:29 pm

The Baltimore Orioles have acquired 23-year old righty starting pitcher Franderlyn Romero from the Cincinnati Reds for a couple of international signing slots.  Romero pitched in 8 games (all starts) in A-ball for the Reds this year and he was 1-4 with a 2.87 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP.  He has given up 46 hits and 9 walks while whiffing 42 batters in his first 47 innings in the minors so far this year.  Romero has now pitched in 78 games (62 starts) in his first seven years in the minors and he is 15-25 with a 3.10 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP.  I like this deal for the Orioles, as Romero gives them a decent prospect that is further along in his development than someone they can sign from another country.

The Baltimore Orioles acquire two young pitchers from the Braves

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Big Orioles News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Trades by joelapinski on Monday 23 May 2016 at 10:23 pm

The Baltimore Orioles have acquired 23-year old righty starting pitcher Brandon Barker and 23-year old lefty reliever Trevor Belicek from the Atlanta Braves for 29-year old lefty reliever Brian Matusz and the #76 overall pick in the 2016 Amateur Draft.  Barker pitched in 9 games (8 starts) in AA-ball for the Braves so far this year and he was 3-2 with a 2.00 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP.  He gave up 35 hits and 12 walks while whiffing 40 batters in his first 45 innings this year.  Barker has now pitched in 50 games (40 starts) in his first three years in the minors and he is 20-14 with a 3.08 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP.  Belicek pitched in 12 games (0 starts) in A+AA-ball for the Braves this year and he was 3-0 with a 2.22 ERA and a 0.81 WHIP.  He has given up 22 hits and 1 walk while whiffing 32 batters in his 28 1/3 innings in the minors for the Braves this year.  Belicek has now pitched in 26 games (9 starts) in his first two years in the minors and he is 8-0 with a 2.43 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP.  Matusz was pretty awful for the Orioles this year.  He pitched in 7 games (0 starts) for the Orioles this year and he was 0-0 with a 12.00 ERA and a 3.00 WHIP.  He gave up 11 hits (3 homers) and 7 walks while whiffing 1 batter in only 6 innings pitched for the Orioles this year!  Matusz pitched in 279 games (68 starts) in his 8 years with the Orioles and he was 27-41 with a 4.85 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP.  The Orioles got a couple of decent prospects for a draft pick and they saved Matusz’ salary as the Braves picked up the rest of it.  I like this deal for the Orioles.

The Baltimore Orioles release Steve Tolleson

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Monday 23 May 2016 at 4:20 pm

The Baltimore Orioles have released 32-year old righty swinging infielder Steve Tolleson.  Tolleson played in 8 games in AAA-ball for the Orioles this year and he was only 2 for 20 (.100 avg, .408 OPS) with 3 runs scored.  Tolleson has played in 182 games in his first four years in the show and he is 81 of 331 (.245 avg, .670 OPS) with 39 runs scored, 6 homers, 29 RBIs and 6 stolen bases.  This is no loss for the Orioles moving forward.

The Baltimore Orioles sign Brian Duensing

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Monday 23 May 2016 at 4:17 pm

The Baltimore Orioles have signed 33-year old lefty reliever Brian Duensing to a minor league deal.  He pitched in 12 games (0 starts) earlier this year for the Royals and he was 1-0 with 2 saves, a 3.10 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP.  He has pitched in 354 games (61 starts) in his first 7 years in the show and he is 41-37 with 2 saves, a 4.13 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP.  This could be a decent signing for the Orioles, as Duensing has been a solid pitcher in the majors so far in his career.

The Baltimore Orioles are getting solid production from a couple surprising players

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Friday 20 May 2016 at 9:54 am

32-year old righty swinging outfielder Nolan Reimold and 28-year old lefty swinging outfielder Hyun Soo Kim have been playing well for the Baltimore Orioles so far this year.  Reimold has played in 23 games for the Orioles so far this year and he is 18 of 55 (.327 avg, .918 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 3 homers, 6 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  He has now played in 370 games in his first seven years with the Orioles and he is 296 of 1,161 (.255 avg, .769 OPS) with 158 runs scored, 50 homers, 152 RBIs and 17 stolen bases.  Reimold has always been a pretty solid player for the Orioles, but he has had issues staying healthy in his time with them.  Hyun Soo Kim signed a 2-year, $7 million dollar deal over the winter for the Baltimore Orioles and it came with the right for him to reject any demotion.  So when he had a rough spring training, they asked him to go the the minors and he refused.  So the Orioles added him to the roster instead of eating his $7 million bucks.  Kim has played in 12 games for the Orioles so far this year and he is 11 of 29 (.379 avg, .868 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 0 homers and 2 RBIs.  He also has walked twice as many times (4) than he has whiffed (2) so far this year for the Orioles, so he is showing a good eye at the plate when he plays.  I don’t see Kim’s playing time increasing any time soon unless the Orioles have a rash of injuries to outfielders.

The Baltimore Orioles place Jimmy Paredes on waivers

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Big Orioles News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Sunday 15 May 2016 at 8:29 pm

The Baltimore Orioles have placed 27-year old switch-hitting outfielder Jimmy Paredes on waivers.  His rehab assignment is over and the Orioles have chosen not to call him up.  He played in 18 games in A+AA+AAA-ball on his rehab assignment and he was 20 for 65 (.308 avg, .847 OPS) with 11 runs scored, 2 homers, 9 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  In his two years with the Orioles, Paredes has played in 122 games in which he is 116 of 416 (.279 avg, .738 OPS) with 55 runs scored, 12 homers, 50 RBIs and 6 stolen bases.  If Paredes clears waivers (and he might not), he can reject an outright assignment to the minors and become a free agent.

UPDATE:  (5/16/2016) – The Orioles have lost Jimmy Paredes on waivers to the A.L. East rival Toronto Blue Jays.

Chance Sisco is looking good in the minors for the Baltimore Orioles

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Saturday 14 May 2016 at 12:13 pm

21-year old lefty swinging catcher Chance Sisco came into the 2016 as the Baltimore Orioles‘ #3 prospect according to Baseball America.  He has played in 27 games in AA-ball so far this year and he is 31 of 89 (.348 avg, .882 OPS) with 14 runs scored, 0 homers and 14 RBIs.  Sisco has now walked 19 times while whiffing only 13 times so far this year.  Sisco has now played in 269 games in his first four years in the minors and he is 313 of 954 (.328 avg, .842 OPS) with 125 runs scored, 12 homers, 122 RBIs and 11 stolen bases.  He is the Orioles’ catcher of the very near future!

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